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Writing for Publication

    Better Everyday Writing for Professionals
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 8/30/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    Do you suffer from writer’s block? Do you write an email the way you leave a voicemail, without much design? The purpose of this class is to save you time in the writing process and give you tools and strategies to improve your everyday writing for readers. Participants should come to class with a few topics for some everyday writing to practice the tools and strategies. Topics might include emails, updates, blog entries, queries, or anything you write regularly that takes up a little too much time. Your process will take less time, and your writing will show you value your readers.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Generate writing content with brainstorming techniques
    • Organize their brainstorming quickly
    • Design reader-focused drafts
    • Create a personalized writing process for the future


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    2018 Writing Retreat for Jefferson Researchers and Faculty
    Instructors: Jennifer Wilson, MS; Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 9/8/2018
    Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A
    (Register for this workshop)

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day retreat, scheduled as follows:


    • Saturday, September 8, 2018
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Sunday, September 9, 2018
      8:00 am - 1:00 pm

    For busy people, writing projects often get pushed to the end of the line when you’re faced with other daily priorities that cry “urgent.” To help combat this, the CTL Office for Writing, Publishing, and Communication Support will host a writing retreat for researchers and faculty looking for a dedicated block of time to get some writing done. This retreat is not a luxury; it’s a professional necessity, because communicating your work to others is as important as doing it. You’ll be left alone to write, but you’ll also have writing consultants on hand to give feedback or guidance if you need them.

    The Writing Retreat benefits you by:
    • Creating space and uninterrupted time to work on writing projects
    • Helping you boost your writing productivity
    • Providing coaching or feedback from writing consultants
    • Offering the accountability of an appointment to write

    How to prepare for the retreat:
    • Discuss writing project with colleagues or writing consultants in advance
    • Bring paper, laptop, and any resource materials you might need
    • Wear comfortable clothing and bring a sweater just in case
    • Advise friends, colleagues, and loved ones to limit interruptions

    REGISTER NOW! SPACE IS LIMITED!


    Peer Editing Research Manuscripts for Content
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 9/13/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    “Can you look at this for me?” may or may not be a phrase you want to hear, but as professionals in the health sciences, you do hear it. You may not have time to help, or you may wonder where to start. This course will share tools and strategies to equip you to enhance content and purpose in the drafts of colleagues seeking to publish their manuscripts. You’ll use an editor’s checklist, for example, to help ask the right questions to give the writer meaningful direction. You’ll also learn ways to clarify expectations up front so that you and the writer know what the scope of your help will be.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Ask editors’ questions to enhance purpose and meaning in drafts.
    • Clarify expectations with the writer.
    • Use tools to help writers improve their drafts for targeted publication


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Peer Editing Research Manuscripts for Clarity
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 9/27/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    “Don’t worry about the content. Just tell me if it sounds right.” Sometimes colleagues ask you to evaluate the flow and language of their drafts. This session will give editors and writers specific strategies for editing paragraphs and sentences for the clearest possible meaning. You’ll also learn how to point writers to the right verb tense and how to trim sentences without trimming meaning.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Help other writers improve their paragraphs
    • Help clarify sentence structure
    • Suggest the right verb tense
    • Trim sentences without trimming meaning


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Proofreading Research Manuscripts
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 10/4/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    Many writers feel anxiety about handing their manuscripts over to a judge, even if it’s just a peer. However, having someone else proofread and give a manuscript feedback increases the chance that it will get published. In our collaborative world, good peer editors should know how to respect the writer, build trust, and fix some errors. This session helps improve communication between the peer editor and the writer by defining inoffensive ways to give feedback. It also shares specific proofreading strategies for finding errors.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Build trust to avoid giving offense with comments
    • Give purposeful feedback that improves drafts
    • Proofread carefully to ensure correctness


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Key Steps in Writing--and Publishing--Your Manuscript
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 10/15/2018
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    This presentation provides advice on how to be more organized and less overwhelmed when you write your next manuscript. It also focuses on key elements of manuscript writing, with a focus on engaging an editor’s attention.

    Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    • List the key points to keep in mind when starting a manuscript
    • Identify the parts of the manuscript readers are most likely to see and common methods for improving them


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Find the Time: Tools & Tips for Prioritizing and Collaborating
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 1/15/2019
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    The purpose of this 55-minute investment of your time is to give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Practicing well-tested methods used by some of the most productive people in history, you can enhance how you prioritize your commitments and interruptions. Also, in this period of change at Jefferson, you may need to collaborate with others who can help you get things done. Finding helpful collaborators helps you find time. We’ll look at the big picture of your pie and how to slice it into its most productive pieces.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Assess what they spend their time doing
    • Prioritize their activities using the Eisenhower matrix
    • Protect their time
    • Identify where collaboration and delegation would help
    • Ask for collaboration


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    5 Habits Of Successful Writers — and Ways To Foster Them In Your Own Writing
    Instructor: Jennifer Wilson, MS
    Date: 1/24/2019
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, and yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

    Upon completion of this session, participants will:
    • Describe how the writing process can be improved
    • Relate practical ways to integrate these habits to achieve individual writing goals process


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    How to Write Better Abstracts
    Instructor: Pamela Walter, MFA
    Date: 2/21/2019
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A and virtual classroom
    (Register for this workshop)

    What do you look for when you are researching abstracts? What barriers prevent you from finding what you need? Perhaps the abstract wasn’t as clear as it could be. The purpose of this course is to offer research writers a tool and process for writing abstracts that make it easier for your readers to find your published work. This course focuses on unpacking the elements that define a well-crafted abstract and helping you write one.

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Explain why abstracts are important
    • Define what makes an abstract bad or good
    • Use a simple tool to design better abstracts



    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.